Just Sing: A Quiet Place

Somehow, I don’t think anything that will happen at the Grammys tonight in terms of memorializing Whitney Houston can possibly come close to what this accomplishes (h/t, JF), if for nothing else than the marvelous musical conversation going on between a mother and her dangerously gifted daughter.

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  1. BackwoodsPhilosopher wrote:

    Whitney Houston was probably one of the greatest female voices we’ve heard in the last thirty years. Her vocal abilities were more unique and powerful than anything we’re listening to today. What has happened to her is truly a tragedy. My heart breaks for her family.

    I’m starting to think that the truly talented people such as Whitney need to take the independent route to success so they don’t lose control. It seems that talents such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and the long list of others whose lives were cut short due to drug and alcohol problems, begin the roll downhill once they reach the pinnacle of fame, thanks to the “handlers” and the corporate giants in the music industry.

    On more than one occasion, I’ve heard the term “sell your soul”, even from folks who wouldn’t “sign the contract”. We know people who left Nashville because they were not willing to get entrenched in the drug scene to become a “star”. I believe a lot of the music industry is a cover for drug laundering.

    We know another phenomenal musician who recorded his guitar licks on the albums of celebrities, would be picked up in a limo at the airport, taken to the Waldorf-Astoria……but then he found out how Mafia-controlled the music industry is…..and he bailed out. He bailed out on a lot of money, but he has his freedom and his own recording studio.

    There is something to be said for artistic and creative freedom. There is something to be said for making your own decisions. Freedom and happiness are underrated.

    Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson had it all…….money, fame, talent, originality……but they were spiritually miserable and desperately unhappy. In the end, it’s a trade……money and fame for misery and addiction. No matter how famous or how rich, if you lose your life, it’s not worth it.

  2. cynical one wrote:

    I heard a wise man once say that whatever it is in a person that makes him/her passionate about music, ministry, artistry, et al, is the same thing that makes them vulnerable to whatever demons attack, whether it be alcohol, sex, drugs, whatever. I’m thinking there may be some validity in that.

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